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Canoeing

Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and life jackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips


JUNE 13 (Saturday)
Canoeing
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  $27
Sign-up by: 6 pm on Monday, June 8

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click here to sign up.
3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $31 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, June 9 at 5:00 pm in the ORC. 

The Harpeth River is a State Scenic River which is only an hour from Nashville.  We will be paddling a nice 5.0 mile stretch of river at the Narrows.  Beginners are welcome  . . . two people per canoe.  All equipment is included in the trip fee. Join us for a beautiful day on the river.   Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 4 pm.
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July 18 (Saturday)
Canoeing
Piney River, TN
Cost:  $37
Sign-up by: Friday, July 10

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Sorry, this trip is OFFICIALLY Cancelled.
3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $31 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, July 14 at 5:00 pm in the ORC. 

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of this Class I river.  Highlights include rock walls, spectacular bluffs, and typically clear water.   This is a great trip for beginner paddlers.   Estimated trip duration:  8 am– 6 pm.

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Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12) and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.